A few triangles later a folded star cushion emerged….

I’ve been looking at folded star/pine burr quilt designs for a little while now and have been wanting to see if I could make one. I received some gorgeous floral fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and decided it was now or never and would give it a try by making a cushion cover.

I seriously underestimated just how many triangles would go into making the cushion cover, but after a few extra cutting out and ironing sessions I had enough to put it all together. I was surprised how easy it was to make the folded triangles and put the star pattern together – the effect looks much more complicated when you see it all finished, the main thing was trying to keep all the gaps between the triangles the same distance, if the gap started to change it effected the overall pattern.

I really enjoyed making this and will be making another one soon – possibly a square cushion or maybe a quilt, although the amount of triangles needed to make a quilt would take me a age to get all cut out and ironed, then there’s still all the sewing together….

The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Mosaic patchwork cushion tutorial

Following on from camel bunting, sprocket cushions and camel toys I also used the Moroccan Bazaar fabric by The Craft Cotton Company to make a mosaic effect patchwork cushion. I would have loved to make a quilt in this pattern but it would have taken me much longer than the time I had, especially since I kept sewing the squares on wrong side around and had to spend my time unpicking – imagine how many I would get wrong on a big blanket!

Really pleased with how the mosaic effect turned out, might have to do a few more different patterns!.

Tutorial to make this is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Camel soft toy tutorial – don’t think it’s possible to have too many camels!

Following on from my camel bunting I also made some soft toy camels!

On these I used buttons for the eyes and also made a tail out of the same fabric rather than use embroidery thread/ribbon. I couldn’t decide which way round to do the legs so opted to do them different ways on each of the camels!

The fabric is from the Moroccan Bazaar range by The Craft Cotton Company and there is a tutorial t make them over on their blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Camel bunting tutorial

 

Following on from making the sprocket cushions using The Craft Cotton Company Moroccan Bazaar fabric range I also made some camel bunting – I wasn’t too sure of i could get it to work out as I wanted but after a few goes of different camel shapes and layouts I managed to get it exactly as I was wanting.  I opted to do separate legs as it looked much better than when I just did a solid camel shape, and the added bonus with these is that because they are sewn on separately and just with the cross stitch in the the middle the do wobble a little bit which I think really adds to them.  A little embroidery thread tail really finishes them off  – I did think of using ribbon, but it was just coming out too big for my liking so decided the use the thinner embroidery thread. IMG_2915IMG_2914IMG_2910IMG_2908IMG_2905

 

The tutorial to make these is available over on the Craft Cotton Company website:

http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2018/03/06/Camel-Bunting-Tutorial

 

 

Bambi fabric mini tumbling blocks quilt

When I saw this Bambi fabric by The Craft Cotton Company I knew it would be perfect for making a quilt, I have been looking at doing a tumbling block pattern on a quilt for a while now and decided now was time to give it a go!

I have always stayed clear of the tumbling blocks as I was nervous about sewing them all together and making they all aligned together correctly. I was really surprised how it went without any major problems – ignoring the fact of I managed to sew the pieces wrong sides together instead of right sides together a few times but we can just pretend that didn’t happen!

I really like the way this has turned out and I will definitely be making another tumbling blocks pattern soon.

The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Some bright sprocket pillows to brighten up the cold weather!

I recently received some gorgeous Moroccan Bazaar fabric from The Craft Cotton Company – the bright colours and patterns definitely brightened up my day with all the cold, wet and dark weather! I made some sprocket cushions along with a few other items that you will see popping up over the next few weeks!

The tutorial to make your own sprocket cushions is available over on the Hobbycraft blog:

https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-sprocket-cushion/

More bees are buzzing in with this sewing case

I loved using The Craft Cotton Company Sewing Bumblebee fabric on my bee embroidery hoop, and after seeing the spilt pins print in the Sewing Bumblebee fat quarter set (Navy) knew I had to make a sewing case for keeping all those loose needles and pins in from a project. It was perfect for the inside section, and I used the remaining patterns in the fat quarter to make a patchwork front and back.

The tutorial to make one is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Time for another embroidered hoop, off with the birds this time with an owl

Since completing my fox embroidery hoop Ive been working on another, this time an owl.  This had more embroidered details on it than the fox due to the front feathered chest section so took me a little longer to put together but am super happy with how it has turned out.

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To make the hoop I drew out the owl outline on paper, then traced this onto the fabric background.  I then went around the outlines in a backstitch and infilled the outlines using different embroidered patterns.

 

To frame it in the hoop I made sure it was centralised and really tightened the hoop so it wouldn’t move at all once it was put together.  Then I cut the fabric around the hoop 4cm from the edge of the hoop.  After completing a round of stitching 1cm from the edge of the fabric I pulled the thread tight to pull in the edges of the fabric and completed a few stitches to secure.

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A round piece of felt could then be sewn onto the back to hide the gathered back.

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For hanging I used two  pieces of different coloured ribbon (30 cm) and attached a loop through the hoop fastening along with a bow in the same two ribbon colours (55 cm).

 

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Christmas chair bows

Make a room even more Christmassy with a Christmas fabric chair bow. Added bonus with these are they are quick and easy to make – perfect when Christmas is getting so close.

These were made using the Christmas Birdhouse fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

The tutorial to make your own is available over on their blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/home/page/1